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  • Richard Arambula married his wife when she was 16 years old, he was 17. After military service, a career as an electrician and raising four children, they now have 14 or 15 grandchildren; and about eight great grandchildren, "so far." They are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary.

    Happy 70th anniversary, from half the world’s celebrities

    For more than a year, Belinda Bannister knew she’d have something special to give her grandparents for their 70th wedding anniversary. She just couldn’t have imagined it would be this special. A hand-written note from George Clooney. Autographed snapshots of John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.

  • Workers in MESH, a Bakersfield co-working group in downtown Bakersfield, hard at work.

    New coworking space aims to grow city’s technology sector

    In a downtown Bakersfield office building, computer screens engrossed a dozen bona fide techies one recent Friday. Occasionally someone paused and asked a neighbor a question, but for the most part the only sound was the clicking of keyboards, or a chair scooting so its occupant could grab a cookie

  • 'Graduates, find your passion'

    Each speaker at the North High graduation ceremony Thursday gave a different piece of advice to the class of 2015 at the Bakersfield College Memorial Stadium. Senior speaker Conner Marden told his peers what matters is not how they did on tests or in their classes, but how they dedicated

  • Eesha Sohail, a local student, has her chance on stage at the Scripps National Spelling Bee Thursday.

    'Morphallaxis' ends student's run at spelling bee

    Eesha Sohail, a three-time Kern County Spelling Bee champion, came just one letter short of joining nine other students in the final round of the 88th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee Thursday in National Harbor, Md. The student, an eighth-grader at Norris Middle School, aced her

  • HERB BENHAM: Who says salt is bad for your health?

    I had just had some crack cocaine. Or at least the crack cocaine of the restorative arts — floating. Californian reporter Courtenay Edelhart wrote a story a couple weeks ago about Salt7even, a business opened by Dirk and Renee Bentz close to the Fox Theater. You float in a tank filled with a

  • Victor Castro, 7, has been missing since early Thursday afternoon.

    Seven-year-old boy missing

    A 7-year-old boy has been missing since leaving school early Thursday afternoon. Police say Victor Castro was last seen at 12:50 p.m. near the front of Fremont Elementary School, possibly entering a dark-colored SUV.  Castro is described as Hispanic, 3 feet 6 inches tall, 50 pounds. He was

  • In this file photo, Eesha Sohail from Norris Middle School competes in the Scripps Kern County Spelling Bee.

    'Morphallaxis' ends student's run at spelling bee

    Eesha Sohail, a three-time Kern County Spelling Bee champion, aced her first word of a semifinal round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee but got her second word wrong Thursday in Washington, D.C., according to the bee’s live online updates. In round five of the national competition, she

  • Kern County independent filmmaker Fabian Euresti hosts “#Landscapes With Fabian” at NX Annex on May 30.

    MATT MUNOZ: Indy fest keeps it short and mostly sweet

    Those with a taste for independent films should make plans to attend the “#Landscapes With Fabian” at NX Annex on Saturday. Hosted by local filmmaker Fabian Euresti, 31, the evening will feature a screening of six short films, each produced with budgets as tight as their running time. “I think

  • About 1,000 people attended the inaugural Bakersfield Craft Beer Festival in 2013 with about 500 more turning out last year.

    Craft Beer Festival: A bitter aftertaste

    Saturday’s third annual Bakersfield Craft Beer Festival closed on a bit of a sour note for some who attended the event at Cal State Bakersfield. And it wasn’t the kind of “good” sour you get from a bit of Brettanomyces in your brew. The festival, which heralded the arrival of craft beer on

  • LeAnn Rimes closed out the inaugural Rock & Country Music & Arts Festival on the Country stage at the Kern County Museum May 23.

    Rock & Country fest was great; here's how to make it better

    Even if his words hadn’t been enough to convey the message, there was no mistaking the weary tone: George Martin, less than a week removed from staging his first-ever music festival, is not at all sure there will be another. “Less than 50/50,” he said of the chances that the Bakersfield Rock &

  • Ray Scott headlines Saturday's Guys, Girls & Guitars Country Music Festival. Scott will take the stage at Stramler Park in Bakersfield at 10 p.m.

    Cheap but decent country festival? That's the ticket

    A week after a first-of-its-kind music festival at the Kern County Museum comes a first-of-its kind country music festival right next door. But there are a few differences, said Ada Denton of the two-day Guys, Girls & Guitars Country Music Festival, which kicks off Friday at Stramler Park.